I have this rule when I shop online, which is where I do 90% of my shopping. The rule is, only cotton. I fell like in the last batch of years fabrics have become more and more cheap feeling. Whenever I go to stores I get grossed out by how awful the clothes feel by comparison to how much they cost. I’m confident that you can’t screw up cotton all that much, in my experience it’s always a been good choice. Sometimes I browse online and fall in love with something only to feel it in a store and be taken back by how cheap it feels. So, my experiment was this… try a new fabric… without being able to touch it first. I know, terrifying.
The dress is polyester, I was excited for its arrival and also very nervous. I was hoping it would be okay while keeping my trigger finger ready to hit print for the return label. Thankfully, everything turned out fine. I’ve worn the dress twice in the last three weeks, I’m absolutely smitten with it. The straps are a little long, but I’m used to it, this happens with most dresses on me. My mother is always ready for me to drop off piles of dresses for her to alter. I’m going to have to ask her about these blind stitches one day and be more self sufficient.
I’m growing braver with my fabric choices. Feeling a bit more daring. It’s comforting knowing I can always return things if they’re horrible. But it also helps to trust the shop you’re buying from… or in my case the website. Lately I’ve been testing the waters with handmade items from small online shops and random blogs. More on that soon. I’m starting to enjoy shopping again, which is nice. For a while all the crappy fabrics had me down. I would walk into a store and do a full circle right back out the door. I’d go months without having a new article of clothing and throw temper tantrums when I had to dress for events. I’m glad that their are some crafty young ladies out there making some great dresses now, I don’t know how I got on without them.
I hope my braveness rubs off on a few of you and you go out and do something out of closet character. Trust me, it’s lots of fun.